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These Events Are Back On for 2021

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is going very well in Iceland and more and more fun events are back on the calendar for 2021! Let us tell you about five events that are happening in 2021.


DesignMarch, May 19-23

Fashion and design are the two keywords DesignMarch (HönnunarMars in Icelandic). The event usually takes place in March, bit this year, it is moved to May because of COVID-19. During DesignMarch, the capital of Iceland is turned into one big showcase for innovative creations and designs. The festival aims to connect local and international designers at more than one hundred events and exhibitions.

View the programme of DesignMarch here.

Photo by Stockfish Film Festival

Stockfish, May 20-30

The Stockfish Film Festival focuses on national and international art-house movies, and screens award-winning movies from all over the world. Stockfish connects Icelandic and international film industry professionals and aims to be a breeding ground for new collaborations and ideas. Among the movies shown are: Apausalypse (world premiere), Babyteeth, Little Kingdom, Dinner in America, and Pinocchio.

Check out the screening schedule of Stockfish 2021 here.


Þjóðhátíð, July 30-August 1

Update: Þjóðhátið is cancelled for 2021.

Every year at the beginning of August, a festival is organised on Heimaey, one of the islands of the Westman Islands. This festival is called Þjóðhátíð (The National Festival) and it is one of the biggest festivals in the country. You can reach Heimaey by ferry, and people usually camp on the island, as it is a multiday festival. Returning events include live music, fireworks, bonfires, and crowd singing.

You can find more information about the festival here.

The Color Run

The Color Run, Akureyri – August 1 and Reykjavík – August 28

The rules of The Color Run are simple. You start out in a white T-shirt, you run for 5km, and you reach the goal in all the colours of the rainbow. After every kilometre you run, there’s a colour station where you will be blasted with a brightly coloured powder. Friends and family can buy colour packages and mix them in, too! There are no timers and no winners. It’s all about having fun!

Vök performing at Iceland Airwaves 2019

Iceland Airwaves November 3-6

Update September 2, 2021: Iceland Airwaves is moved to November 2-5, 2022

Iceland’s most famous annual music festival is back for 2021! Iceland Airwaves is known for showcasing exciting acts from both the international as Icelandic music scene. Concerts are held all over town, in book shops, cafés, churches, cinemas, and more. This year’s programme includes Wu-Lu, Vök, MAMMÚT, THUMPER, GDRN, Eurovision’s Daði Freyr, and more.

Check out the line-up of Iceland Airwaves here.

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